rep·​li·​ca | \ ˈre-pli-kə How to pronounce replica (audio) \

Definition of replica

1 : an exact reproduction (as of a painting) executed by the original artist a replica of this was painted … this year— Constance Strachey
2 : a copy exact in all details DNA makes a replica of itself sailed a replica of the Viking ship broadly : copy this faithful, pathetic replica of a Midwestern suburb — G. F. Kennan

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reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing. reproductions from the museum's furniture collection duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing. a duplicate of a house key copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically. printed 1000 copies of the lithograph facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale. a facsimile of a rare book replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details a replica of the Mayflower but not always in the same scale. miniature replicas of classic cars

Examples of replica in a Sentence

We toured a replica of the ship. It's an authentic replica of an ancient Greek urn.

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Trophy time: The Champions League trophy — albeit, a replica — was on the field to promote a July 24 friendly between champions Liverpool and Sporting Lisbon at Yankee Stadium. Ben Walker,, "Europe, you’re up! Yankees top Blue Jays 8-7, head to London," 27 June 2019 Angela Kelly, the Queen's wardrobe advisor, was then enlisted to create a replica, which has been used ever since. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Archie Harrison's Christening Is Rumored to Be Happening Later This Summer," 11 June 2019 Aykroyd, who also co-wrote the cult comedy, was one of the first to see the Hero Collector replica in person, as can be seen in the video above. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ghostbusters' Fans Get Chance to Build Their Own Ectomobiles," 7 June 2019 To cap an already lavish evening, the VIPs will be escorted to their chambers for the night: A luxe mini replica of the iconic pyramid inside of the full-sized monument. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Here's Your Chance to Have a Private Sleepover at the Louvre," 2 Apr. 2019 In the years since, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opened the Ash Meadows Fish Conservation Facility, which houses a gigantic, 100,000 gallon replica of Devil’s Hole that can be controlled and protected. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Brutal beetles kept world’s rarest fish from breeding—until now," 1 Mar. 2019 With a list price of £2.75 million ($3.5 million), the replicas are aimed at wannabe secret agents with cash to burn. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Aston Martin DB5: James Bond car to fetch up to $6 million at Monterey auction," 13 June 2019 Quarterback Mitch Trubisky approved of the replica uniform on the team’s Instagram account, commenting on the announcement with three fire emojis. Rich Campbell,, "Bears unveil 1936 throwback uniform to commemorate their 100th season," 7 June 2019 Ahead of Fashion Nova releasing the dress at 9pm EST tonight, house model Yodit Yemane may or may not have accidentally leaked a story 2.5 hours earlier of photo options from her shoot featuring the Mugler replica. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is Kim Kardashian Helping Fast Fashion Sites Knock Off Her Designer Looks?," 20 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of replica

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for replica

Italian, repetition, from replicare to repeat, from Late Latin, from Latin, to fold back — more at reply

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English Language Learners Definition of replica

: an exact or very close copy of something


rep·​li·​ca | \ ˈre-pli-kə How to pronounce replica (audio) \

Kids Definition of replica

: a very exact copy

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